MA/ICS Concentration Purpose
The Master of Arts concentration in Intercultural Studies (MA/ICS) provides specialized study in the discipline of intercultural studies and Christian mission. The MA/ICS seeks to develop students in knowledge and practice of cross-cultural ministry or work integrating theological, historical, and social scientific disciplines. The program is suitable for persons seeking academic preparation for service as missionaries, cross-cultural workers, teachers, strategists, or researchers. The program may also serve as an intermediate step toward doctoral study in a related area.
MA/ICS Program Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will gain a foundational understanding of the biblical basis of mission and learn to biblically assess various aspects of intercultural ministry.
- Students will have deeper insight into the nature of human cultures and the implications of cultural differences for intercultural ministry.
- Students will be able to articulate historical background of various mission related issues and their implications for mission practice today.
- Students will develop skills related to the practice, analysis and strategies of intercultural ministry.
- Students will grow in their appreciation for human diversity and in their passion to participate in God’s mission in the world today.
- 6 semester hours of Bible including Old and New Testament surveys; or TEDS OT 5000 and NT 5000
- an undergraduate major in intercultural studies or its equivalent that includes a minimum of 8 hours in intercultural studies/missions and social sciences, or extensive intercultural experience
Non-Traditional Student Option
The MA ICS program is structured to enable non-traditional students to complete the program. Required courses are scheduled regularly in evenings, weekends, and in one or two-week modular format; others are offered in the summer semester, at extension sites, in online distance education mode, or as guided research study.
Dual Degree MA/ICS Program for Trinity College Undergraduate Students
Trinity College (TC) students may apply to the dual degree MA/ICS program upon completion of 70 hours of undergraduate work. The following are also required:
- A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- A recommendation from the undergraduate academic advisor and the TC program chair
- A completed TEDS application
- A personal interview with an MA/ICS faculty member who approves the applicant’s admission to the program
- Completion of 8 hours of undergraduate missions and social science courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Completion of a minimum of 9 hours of undergraduate Bible and theology through BI 101, BI 111, and BI 210 with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
- Completion of an intercultural experience of at least two weeks consisting of mission-type activities
Further details regarding BA studies may be ascertained by consulting the Trinity College catalog.
|Bible and Theology Core||7-9|
|A minimum of one course (2 hours) each in Old Testament, New Testament, and Theology. The following are recommended:|
|OT 5100||English Bible:||2|
|NT 5100||English Bible:||2|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Biblical Theology and Interpretation|
|Theology I: Intro to Theology|
|Theology II: Christ, Man, Sin & Salvation|
|Theology III: Holy Spirit, Church, Last Things|
|ME 6760||Theology of Mission & Evangelism||3|
|Select one of the following:||2-3|
|The Intercultural Missionary|
|Anthropology for Ministry|
|ME 6410||History of Missions in the Modern World||3|
|or CH 7450||Christianity in the Non-Western World Since 1700|
|Elective in Intercultural Studies||4-6|
|The following courses in other departments may be completed in the Concentration Core:|
|Introduction to Church Planting|
|Church Planting Boot Camp|
|Advanced Church Planting|
|Elective course work is dependent upon academic and professional goals, and is determined in consultation with the faculty advisor.|
|Field Education and Formation Group|
|Select one option from the following:||0|
|Field Education (2 semesters)|
|Field Education (1 semester)|
|Formation Group (2 semesters)|
|MA/ICS Major Comprehensive Exam|
|Participants work with the Department in completing one of the following:||2|
|MA Capstone Integrative Paper|
|MDiv Internship (Part-time) 1|
or PT 7466
|MDiv Internship (Full-time)|
|MA Thesis 2|
Required for students with limited cross-cultural experience as determined by the ME Department.
The thesis option requires a research methods course as an elective.